Panelbeaters repair damage to metal, fibreglass and plastic body work on vehicles. They also make and form vehicle panels using machines or hand tools.

Where panelbeaters are employed

Panelbeaters mainly work for crash repairers, new and used car dealers and motor vehicle manufacturers. A few work for motor body builders on the construction of new bodywork. Panelbeaters may progress to supervisory and management positions, especially in larger organisations. They may also establish their own motor vehicle repair businesses. Others may move across from panel beating to related occupations such as vehicle painting and welding. Some become loss assessors in insurance companies or take up sales positions in industrial machinery and equipment.


Full-time panelbeaters in South Australia generally earn less than $600 per week.

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Job prospects

In 2011 there were 820 people employed full-time as panelbeaters in South Australia compared with 870 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a panelbeater you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in automotive body repair technology. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

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